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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

New York Times v Sullivan Case (US)

United States [us]

Adrienne Stone

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021

Censorship — Freedom of expression — Freedom of the press — Individual rights — Limitations on rights — Fundamental rights

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1. New York Times v Sullivan (‘New York Times’) is a 1964 decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in which the Court established a well-known defence sharply limiting the capacity of public officials to bring actions for defamation. More precisely, the Court held that the protection of freedom of expression of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution required a ‘federal rule that prohibits a public official from recovering damages for a defamatory falsehood relating to his official conduct unless he proves that the statement was made with...
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